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Your First Medical Card: A Guide

Step into the world of medical marijuana in PA, confidently and legally.

New Patient Card for PA Medical Marijuana Program

Starting your journey into the world of medicinal marijuana might seem daunting, but with Just My Doc, it's simpler than you think. The potential benefits, such as relief from chronic pain and anxiety, are well worth exploring. Our beginner's guide is designed to demystify the process of acquiring your first Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card, walking you through every legal step. With JustMyDoc, your path to wellness just got clearer.

Register an Account with the Department of Health

Register here for the PA Medical Marijuana Program.

You will need a valid PA Driver’s License or State ID card to complete this. People generally find the most success when using a laptop or desktop. If you run into any errors, it may be necessary to contact the state medical marijuana helpdesk at 888-733-5595. They are open 7am - 9pm 7 days a week and a customer service representative can help you create the account on the backend if you email them a photo of the front and back of your state ID.

The registration form can be quite finicky so make sure to follow these rules:

  • Type all information (except email, username, and password) in ALL CAPITALS.

  • Type your name and address EXACTLY as it appears on your license or state ID.

  • Do not use any punctuation such as commas or periods when typing your address.

  • Do not enter spaces between the numbers in the driver’s license or PennDOT-issued ID card number.

Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a 6 digit patient ID. This can be kept in case you ever need to contact the state Helpdesk. Please save your username and password and you will need to access this account again each year to pay the state program fee (step 3) and make any updates to your mailing address.

Get a Certification from a Physician

Schedule an appointment

Obtain approval to participate in the medical marijuana program from a MMJ certified and PA licensed physician.


At Just My Doc, our physicians are trained to listen to your concerns and offer helpful advice on cannabis usage. We offer same-day appointments and the doctor will give you a phone call to do the consultation at your convenience. No waiting rooms or waiting on hold! We respect your time and want to start you off with a positive experience with the medical marijuana program. 

(Pre-payment is required to secure your appointment, but if you don't end up qualifying we will provide a full refund)

Pay State Fee

Patients with state benefits can waive this

Log back into your Department of Health Medical Marijuana Portal account. In the menu, there is a tab called "Make Payment." This will only show the option to pay/waive the fee after the physician has submitted your certification. Follow the instructions on this page to take care of the payment. This fee helps the state run the medical marijuana program in PA and there is the option to waive it for those receiving Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, or PACE.

Receive Your Card

It’s ready to use out of the envelope!

The card will arrive in a couple of days. There is no need to activate it. You can bring this card along with a valid state ID or driver’s license to start getting your medicine from any dispensary in PA.

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